Alex Cabagnot virtually took over for GlobalPort as he scored his team’s final five points to lead the Batang Pier to a scrambling 98-96 victory over Barako Bull Energy Colas in the 2014 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday, April 13.
GlobalPort arrested an eight-game losing skid as the team tallied its only victory in the conference.
Batang Pier head coach Pido Jarencio expressed relief after he posted his first victory as head coach in the pro league. He promised that his team will build on the win and rebound with a better showing next conference.
“At least happy ending ‘di ba? Last game ng conference nanalo. Syempre stepping stone na yan para sa next conference. Ang last two games, yun ang positive sa amin. Sa ngayon going into the third conference maganda na yung takbo namin,” said Jarencio.
GlobalPort found its 22-point second half lead decimated and faced a 93-all standoff in the dying seconds of the game. But Cabagnot rose to the occasion and drained a triple to push the Batang Pier a 96-93 edge with 10.3 ticks left.
Barako Bull had a last chance to send the game into overtime but forward JC Intal threw the ball away on the inbound.
Cabagnot was then fouled and he nailed two more freebies with 5.7 seconds left to push GlobalPort to a decisive 98-93 lead to ice the elusive win for the squad.
The Batang Pier (1 win, 8 losses) avoided a winless campaign and eliminated the Energy Colas (2-7) in the process as the latter also formally bowed out.
Leading the standings are the unbeaten Talk N Text Tropang Texters (9-0), the San Miguel Beermen (6-2) and the Alaska Aces (5-3).
The other teams include the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers (4-3), the Meralco Bolts (4-4), the Air21 Express (3-4), the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (3-4) and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (3-5).
The GlobalPort mentor said it will be a very short vacation for the team as they take a three-day break then forge ahead to prepare for the PBA’s third conference.
“Mag-uusap kami ng management para sa evaluation ng players at coaching staff din kung kailangan ng changes o stay pa rin. Pwedeng gumalaw o kung may mga teams na kukunan namin ng players na papayag. Pero ngayon stay lang kami,” said Jarencio.
Evan Brock led all scorers with 27 points while Mark Macapagal scattered 21 for the Batang Pier.
Cabagnot almost tallied a double-double with 14 points, nine assists and four rebounds.
GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER 98 – Evan Brock 27, Mark Macapagal 21, Alex Cabagnot 14, RR Garcia 12, Kelly Nabong 9, Nico Salva 7, Jay Washington 4, Jondan Salvador 2, Bonbon Custodio 2, Ronnie Matias 0.
BARAKO BULL ENERGY COLAS 96 – Josh Dollard 22, JC Intal 16, Mick Pennisi 13, Jeric Fortuna 11, Ronjay Buenafe 11, Carlo Lastimosa 7, Dave Marcelo 6, Denok Miranda 4, Leo Najorda 2, Keith Jensen 2, Dorian Peña 2, Willie Miller 0.
Quarter scores: 29-15, 51-42, 80-63, 98-96.